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Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


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The Seniors Lifelong Learning Society

and the Liberal Arts & 55+ Program-SFU Continuing Studies present

End of Life Expo 2017 - Presentations, Workshops and a "Marketplace"

Death comes to us all and is a natural part of life. Opening conversations about death can ease fears, help with practicalities, and deepen appreciation for life.

SFU’s End of Life Expo 2017 includes engaging talks and discussions, and an “End of Life Marketplace” featuring corporate, governmental, professional, and community resources. At this free, one-day event you can explore your questions and share your perspectives on the End of Life theme, including the practical to the psyche-spiritual, multicultural and multifaith, and new holistic and green/eco considerations. You can also encounter direct experiences with a diversity of Symbols of Death. This Expo is intentionally designed around a “transformative learning” approach to develop your own personal understanding of dying and its meaning for living.

Explore the Agenda and Marketplace vendors below.

This is a free event, which only requires advance registration. Register to get your general admission ticket(s). Note that all sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day and some run concurrently.


Featured Presenters – (Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre):

10:00AM to 11:30AM - “The final journey at home” – Deborah Magdee.

Details: Join with Deborah to learn and discuss intimate details of her first-hand experience in journeying her mother through her home dying experience and later home funeral, and how these moments further opened their family to the beauty and love encountered in life…and death.

12:00 noon to 1:30PM - “Experiencing the end of your life: Reflections on MAiD” - Ellen Wiebe, M.D.

Details: Join with Dr. Wiebe, one of Canada’s foremost experts on MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying), to learn and discuss about choice in dying and her related experiences.

2:00PM to 3:30PM - "Home Funerals" – Pashta Marymoon.

Details: Join with Pashta, a Canadian leader in the education on options in the pan-death continuum, to learn and discuss about caring for our own dead at home; specifically, about designing your own home funeral.

"Symbols of Death and Quiet Room" - (Room 1 of the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre):

With thanks and appreciation to Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. and Mountain View Cemetery, City of Vancouver for sponsoring this room and providing its “Symbols of Death”.

Experience through sight, touch and emotion a:

- Burial Shroud;

- Eco-Casket;

- Simple Cardboard Body Box;

- Eco-Urn; and

- Regular Urn.

Chairs are also available in this room for sitting in quietude.

"Diversity in Dying" - (Themed Workshops - Room 2 of the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre):

10:00AM to 11:00AM - “Diverse Multicultural Perspectives on Dying and Death” – Harold Rosen.

Details: Join with Harold to learn and discuss about a few of an otherwise great diversity of cultural ways for relating to dying and death.

11:30AM to 12:30PM - “End of Life Companioning: The last three months of life” – Zahra Lalani.

Details: Join with cancer and palliative care nurse, Zahra, as she companions you through the last three months of life.

1:00PM to 2:00PM - “Multifaith considerations: Diverse religious perspectives on dying and death” - Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi (Islam), Rabbi Hannah Dresner (Judaism), Myoshin Kate McCandless (Zen Buddhism), and Firdosh Mehta (Zoroastrianism).

Details: Join with our panel of religious leaders, most who hold direct experience in End of Life care, to learn about some of their religious tradition’s perspectives on dying and death.

2:30PM to 3:30PM - "Let's Talk: Open Space/Open Sharing on Dying and Death" - Facilitated.

Details: Join with other End of Life Expo-goers to openly share personal reflections on dying and death as held before, considered through, and impacted on by this Expo.

"Practical and Green/Eco Conversations about End of Life" - (Themed Workshops - Room 3 of the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre):

10:30AM to 11:30AM – The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. - "Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Directives, and Representation Agreements." - Tammy Morin Nakashima, President.

Details: Join with Tammy to learn and ask questions about these necessary End of Life documents.

12:00noon to 1:00PM - "The Great To-Do List: Get your paperwork in order, before and after a death” - Anneke Rees.

Details: Join with Anneke to learn of - and even be surprised by! - the Great To-Do List associated with our End of Life.

1:30PM to 2:30PM –"Being Present, in living and with the dying" – Tom Esakin.

Details: Join with Tom to learn and practice some psyche-spiritual skills and techniques to be present with the dying.

3:00PM to 4:00PM - Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. (R. Scott McFarlane, Owner) and Mountain View Cemetery, City of Vancouver (Glen Hodges, Manger) – Co-Present on: "Green Burial and Funeral Practices."

Details: Join with Scott and Glen to learn and discuss about new green and eco options at your End of Life.


Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc

Mountain View Cemetery

The Society of Notaries Public of B.C.

Consumer Protection B.C.

Goodbye Clutter!

Luminescence Creative Grief Support

Callanish Society

CINDEA (Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives)

Dying Matters Canada

Dying with Dignity

End of Life Companion

Family Caregivers of British Columbia

Honouring the Circle of Life

Legal Services Society - Legal Aid B.C.

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society (LMGRS)

Memorial Society of British Columbia

People's Law School

Seniors First BC (formerly BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support)

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